There is an incredibly rich history here in Trinity Bay, and no shortage of ways to take it in. Take your time exploring traditional fishing villages, historic churches, restored houses, and museums. Maybe even take a hike or a boat ride out to some of the abandoned villages around Bonaventure and Random passage and hear the stories of the families who floated their houses across the bay to re-settle in more populated areas.
Trinity Historical Walking Tour: Join Kevin Toope as he relates the fascinating history of Trinity and Newfoundland. Learn about the development of Trinity from a small outport community to a thriving merchant hub. Let him take you on a stroll along the original lanes and streets, as he recounts tales of murder, love, and war. Approximately 2-hours, $15 per adult, children free.
Tuckamore Discoveries: Follow Jonathan Joy, a local biologist and education, along some of the best coastal hikes Newfoundland has to offer and learn about the amazing natural history of our coastal ecosystems. Learn about the local flora, fauna, and ecology of the area, while viewing whales, seabirds, icebergs, and much more. Approximately 2-hours, Adults: $60, Youth (<17): $30, Children (<9): free.
Home From the Sea: The Elliston Sealer’s Interpretation Center and Memorial is a must-see while on the Bonavista Peninsula. Home from The Sea presents the historic and cultural context of sealing in Newfoundland and Labrador through seven captivating visitor experiences.
English Harbour Arts Association: Feel like taking in some Newfoundland culture? Join one of the various workshops offered at the Arts Centre in English Harbour including stone wall building, or perhaps one of the more artistic courses such as how to make up to 25 dyes from local plants. These workshops are offered throughout the summer and allow students to participate over several weekends, or simply drop in for a day.
Random Passage Film Site: A reconstruction of an historic fishing village built for the Random Passage TV series.
Trinity Historic Sites: Just 10 minutes from the hostel, enjoy the beautiful heritage town of Trinity by exploring the range of historic sites curated for your pleasure by the Historic Society.
Green Family Forge: Take a tour of this historical blacksmiths shop where they continue to make tools for fishing, farming, and daily life.
Hiscock House: The home of a resourceful widow named Emma Hiscock, curated to showcase the lifestyle and trials of the time.
Lester Garland Premises: A reconstruction of a traditional outport general store and counting house that highlights the close economic ties between Trinity and Britian. There is both a museum and a shop at this site.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church: This is the third reconstruction on this site, but the church records date back to 1753, making it one of the oldest in Canada. With its spire towering 102 feet above the little town of Trinity, it is quite a striking construction.
Cooperage: See traditional woodworker Lester Cooper as he crafts beautiful housewares, decorations, and traditional tools, and learn about the roll of the cooperage in the development of Trinity.
Rising Tide Theater Daily Pageant: A daily pageant performed by the award winning Rising Tide Theater that takes you through the streets of Trinity to hear and see and witness the trials and tribulations of this historical town.
Keel’s Beach and Graveyard: Located about half an hour from the Skerwink Hostel, not only is Keel’s one of the oldest towns in Newfoundland, it is also home to some fascinating geographical phenomena such as Newfoundland’s characteristic purple slate, “the devil’s footprints” imprinted in the stone, and “Clarke’s Chimney Hole,”. Keels beach is a must see where it truly feels as though you have reached the end of the Earth.